Synopses & Reviews
A finely produced leathercraft book for the serious enthusiast, thistext was produced by an artist in the textiles and design field who is also a technical expert on working with leather. As a coffee-tablebook it can be enjoyed by readers who like interior design and women's accessories, or who are interested in the world history andtechniques of using leather as a material (the first section of the book deals expertly with this topic). But the book is mainly designedas a guide for crafters. It offers a helpful illustrated section on tools, and another on basic techniques; combined with a goodmaterials guide and glossary of leather types, this allows the book to be helpful to crafters using leather for any purpose. The secondhalf of the book is clear instructions and patterns for specific leatherwork projects, from an aviator helmet to t-shirts tomoccasins, cellphone cases, book covers, bags (women's and unisex), boxes, baskets, simple furniture, lamps, and leather jewelry. Thedesign aesthetic is clean and modern, many designs are unisex, and few require advanced skills or special equipment other than a leather sewing machine.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About the Author
Josephine Barbe studied fine arts and textile design at the Hochschule der Künste, in Berlin, where she learned how to work leather. She worked at the leather boutique Art on the Body also in Berlin, where she manufactured clothing, bags, belts and hats made from leather. She is now a scientific fellow at the Technical University, Berlin, where she lectures and holds seminars about textile manufacturing. She also offers seminars at her own workshop and participates in textile shows internationally.